Have your children been begging you nonstop to let them have a dog? If you have decided that this Christmas is finally going to be the time when you surprise them with a dog or a puppy, here are some ideas for you to consider, from making sure they're ready to be dog owners to selecting a breed.
Make Sure Your Children Are Ready For A Dog
You probably already know whether or not your children are ready for a dog. However, there are questions you should ask yourself before going forward with your plan to give your children a dog for Christmas.
- Will your children be willing to participate in training the dog properly?
- Will your children scoff at cleaning up accidents when the dog is not fully house trained?
- Where will the dog sleep at night?
- Have your children shown responsibility in other ways, such as in helping you clean your back yard?
A good way to assess whether your children are ready for a dog is to ask them questions about how they would take care of a dog. Just make sure you do it in a way that they won't find out about the surprise.
Make Sure You Buy The Children A Kid-friendly Dog
Of course, dogs of all breeds have their own personalities. Also, the way that you train your dog will more than likely determine whether or not the dog is a good companion for your children. Look for dogs that are playful, smart, sociable and affectionate.
Consider talking to a veterinarian to ask her or him which dogs are good with children. You can also talk to other people who are dog owners to find out if the breed they have would be a good choice. You will also need to think about the fact that the size of the dog matters, too. For example, a Mastiff might be great with kids, but if you live in an apartment, a large dog might not be a good choice. Small dogs like French bulldogs, pugs, beagles, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels might be just the kind of dog you want for your kids.
Talk to breeders, like Celt MacBhaid Kennel, to see when puppies will be ready to leave their mother's side. Another really good idea is to check with your local humane society to see if they have the kind of dog that you are looking for. Don't be surprised when you have to answer a bunch of questions regarding the way the dog will be cared for. You might find that adopting a dog from an animal shelter is almost like adopting a baby.